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It’s no secret that breast augmentation is still one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures around today. Women of varying ages undergo augmentation in an effort to enhance their shape and boost their confidence.

Some of the main reasons why women choose to receive implants include breast asymmetry, dissatisfaction with breast shape and size, adding volume after weight loss or pregnancy and simply wanting to feel more feminine and proportionate.

Breast augmentation requires planning as well as an investment of both time and money. Naturally, you want to make sure that you’re achieving the results you’re hoping for. With this being said, realistic expectations are still essential – this is something that your surgeon should assist you with during your consultation.

While following your surgeon’s specific instructions should be your number one priority, there are also a few additional dos and don’ts that you can keep in mind to achieve the best results.

11 Essential Breast Augmentation Dos and Don’ts

1. Do take your time to choose the best possible surgeon

This is at the top of this list for a reason. Great results always start with choosing the right surgeon for your procedure. There are a lot of surgeons who offer breast augmentation but not all of them have the right skills and experience to help you achieve your desired outcome. It’s essential to be discerning when choosing a surgeon for your augmentation procedure. To start with, look for a board certification. In Australia, look for surgeons with a FRACS in plastic surgery and those who are members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) or the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS). Next, look at whether they have specific experience in breast augmentation. Finally, once you’ve scheduled a consultation, make sure that your surgeon’s personality is one that gels with your own.

2. Don’t Skip Preparing for Your Surgical Consult

Your consultation is an important part of your surgical journey. Not only does it give you the chance to get to know your surgeon but it’s how you’ll know what to expect before, during and after your procedure. During your consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your candidacy for breast augmentation and explain the entire process to you. You can also use this time to ask as many questions as you need to. It’s also your surgeon’s responsibility to help you make the right choices in terms of implant type and size and to help you set realistic expectations about your results.

3. Don’t Assume that Bigger Implants are Better

There is no rule that says you need to increase your breasts by two to three sizes. Your body shape and your length both need to be taken into consideration when choosing an implant size. It should also be noted that implants aren’t measured according to cup size. Measurements will need to be taken before implants can be chosen. It’s also important to take your lifestyle into consideration. If you’re very active, very large implants could affect your ability to do what you usually do.

4. Do Get Implants for Your Own Reasons

You should never undergo any type of surgical procedure to please someone else. Before you consider breast augmentation, carefully evaluate your reasons for wanting the surgery. At the end of the day, you need to be happy with your choice.

5. Don’t Keep Information from Your Surgeon

If you want to make your safety a priority and achieve the best possible results, you should disclose all necessary information during your consultation. If you have any medical or health issues, rather mention it to your surgeon in case it needs to be taken into account during this process. Certain medications and health concerns can lead to unnecessary complications.

6. Do Consider All Your Options

You will need to make a number of decisions concerning your implants prior to your surgery. Take all your options into consideration before you make a final decision. For example, you will need to choose between saline and silicone, round vs teardrop and smooth vs textured implants. You can even choose between using implants vs fat. You will also need to decide whether you want to place the implants underneath or on top of the muscle. Your surgeon can take you through the pros and cons of all these options so that you can choose the best combination.

7. Don’t Get Impatient During Your Recovery

You should aim to take it very easy during the first two weeks of your surgery. You will need to take at least a week off work. Even after that, you will only be able to resume your usual activities very gradually. It can be frustrating to have to take it easy for so long when you’re usually busy but the results will be well worth it.

8. Do Think Twice About What You’re Eating

When you provide your body with quality nutrition and stay hydrated, recovery becomes much easier. It helps to plan your meals ahead of time so that you don’t need to fuss after your surgery once you’re home. Prep a few healthy meals for the first week and freeze them prior to your breast augmentation surgery. This way, you’re ready to relax and recover the minute you get home.

9. Don’t Expect to See Results Too Soon

When you undergo breast augmentation, you need to wait up to 18 months to see the final results of your surgery. Your breasts are not going to look like what you expected a few weeks after your procedure. For one, the implants will sit quite high on the chest for at least 3 – 6 months. Your recovery is going to require some patience. If you want to ensure you achieve great results, be sure to treat your implants with care during this time and even once you’ve recovered. Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions for this. For one, it’s important to steer clear of underwire bras for at least a year.

10. Do Contact Your Surgeon If You Have Concerns

If at any point before or after your surgery you come up with new questions or develop concerns, rather get in touch with your surgeon about them. It’s always best to address issues sooner rather than later. This is particularly true after surgery if you believe a complication has occurred.

11. Don’t Forget to Ask about Breast Implant Replacement

Most implant manufacturers offer a 10-year warranty. However, there’s no need to replace your implants after 10 years if there’s nothing wrong with them. In most instances, your implants only need to be replaced if they rupture or if you’re unhappy with the size or appearance of your breasts.

By keeping these dos and don’ts in mind and following your surgeon’s preparation and aftercare instructions, there’s no reason why you can’t achieve the results you’re hoping for.